Q’kreye, not to be confused with the western ‘grim reaper’, is a nocturnal predator named for the wet thump of its maw clenching and snapping in concentration as it stalks prey. No height or weight data can be accumulated because all individuals (even study groups viewing the same recorded footage) see the O’kreye as a different height, weight and interpret it’s intent differently. Although native to the southern United States (and sightings are particularly common in the area of Missouri; with one reported sighting every 45 days- the victims and missing items are usually publicized as ‘kidnapping’ or ‘break and entry’) they have been sighted world wide in both rural and urban settlements.
They hunt during the waxing of the moon because of their poor vision. Sick, insane or weak specimens have been documented to wander during the darker moon phases, unafraid of direct light sources and displaying movements and behavior not unlike that of rabies victims. No healthy specimen has been caught and retained in captivity long enough for extended study; However, it has been found that while they need light to hunt they can only survive in indirect light (ex/ the moon, light reflected through a mirrored surface) as direct light sources seem to result in catatonia and then death within an hour. So far direct light is their only discovered weakness and thus this is our only defense.
Due to their direct light sensitivity they use the moonlight (and the lack of streetlights on moonlit nights) to transverse large inhabited areas and sneak into houses, spiriting away forgotten toys and sometimes forgotten children when the opportunity arrives. No one knows what happens to the missing articles or children as none have been found. In once instance when followed the Q’kreye was reported to mirror the pursuers movements before a thin line of steam or smoke started rising from the street vents, followed by a catastrophic quaking of the earth collapsing the whole street allowing the creature to escape. Later the streets crumbling and smog was attributed to a combination of sewer gas and chemicals that had ignited beneath the streets.